Funeral held for fallen Chicago police officer: ‘A tragedy that doesn’t make sense’ [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.audacy.com/wbbm780/news/local/funeral-held-for-fallen-chicago-police-officer .
Mourners honor fallen CPD Officer Andrés Vásquez Lasso at funeral visitation [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.audacy.com/wbbm780/news/local/mourners-honor-fallen-cpd-officer-andres-vasquez-lasso
‘We will never forget you’: Gurnee Police Department announces death of retired canine [“Hunter retired in September 2021 after a seven-year career.”] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/03/08/we-will-never-forget-you-gurnee-police-department-announces-death-of-retired-canine/
‘Will always be a hero’: Law enforcement remembers McHenry County sheriff’s deputy murdered in line of duty [“The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said they are remembering sheriff’s deputy Jacob Keltner, who was shot and killed in the line of duty four years ago today [March 7].”] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/03/07/will-always-be-a-hero-law-enforcement-remembers-mchenry-county-sheriffs-deputy-murdered-in-line-of-duty/ .
Off-duty cop found dead in North Side home, ID’d [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://wgntv.com/news/chicagocrime/off-duty-cop-found-dead-in-north-side-home-police/
Benefit raising money to help Moline police officer battling brain cancer in April [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.wqad.com/article/news/community/moline-police-officer-brain-cancer-branden-bowden-benefit/526-28ee66e8-592b-4b19-a84e-359e2839e4ab
Bond Sent For Kane Co. Woman Who Led Police On High-Speed Chase [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.wjol.com/bond-sent-for-kane-co-woman-who-led-police-on-high-speed-chase/ .
Decatur Police share safety tips ahead of St. Patrick’s Day [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.wcia.com/news/decatur-police-share-safety-tips-ahead-of-st-patricks-day/
Deputies, firefighters and nearly 200 Jeeps put ‘big smile’ on boy’s face at Make-A-Wish event near Gurnee [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/03/06/deputies-firefighters-and-nearly-200-jeeps-put-big-smile-on-boys-face-at-make-a-wish-event-near-gurnee/ .
Five things to know as the Safe-T Act goes before the Illinois Supreme Court [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2023/3/13/23637843/five-things-to-know-as-the-safe-t-act-goes-before-the-illinois-supreme-court .
Harper College Police Department achieves ILEAP accreditation [Thanks to Chief John Lawson for pointing this out!] [ [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20230228/harper-college-police-department-achieves-ileap-accreditation .
Notes: Also: Harper College Police Department achieves ILEAP accreditation :https://www.harpercollege.edu/about/news/archives/2023/posts/021623.php
ISP Squad Car Struck While Parked In Construction Zone (Champaign County] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://wgael.com/news/2023/03/isp-squad-car-struck-while-parked-in-construction-zone/ .
Lombard police shooting: Detective justified after robbery suspect shot, killed, prosecutor says [Last week, this article was posted with the wrong link. This one should work. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://abc7chicago.com/lombard-police-shooting-pierre-thompson-ryan-postel-news/12909730/ .
Notes: Other reports WGN — https://wgntv.com/western-suburbs/prosecutor-detective-justified-in-fatally-shooting-suspect/ . Daily Herald — https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20230302/lombard-officer-was-justified-in-fatal-shooting-of-robbery-suspect-states-attorney-says
Daily Herald — may require registration . Carpentersville Deputy Police Chief Todd Shaver will take over as the new police chief. ]I’m trying to find a report that isn’t behind a paywall, but at least you know more than you did. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20230313/going-in-a-different-direction-new-carpentersville-village-manager-names-new-police-chief .
Daily Herald — may require registration . Prospect Heights police holding neighborhood safety meeting Thursday [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20230312/prospect-heights-police-holding-neighborhood-safety-meeting-Thursday .
Man charged with attacking Chicago police officer in Lincoln Park, grabbing cop’s gun and firing it [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2023/3/13/23637358/man-charged-with-attacking-chicago-police-officer-in-lincoln-park-grabbing-cops-gun-and-firing-it .
Missing Aurora woman identified after 26 year-old cold case [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.wspynews.com/news/local/missing-aurora-woman-identified-after-26-year-old-cold-case/article_57ec3514-bc21-11ed-9398-879bd65133bb.html
New Illinois bill aims to pave path for DACA recipients to become police officers [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://abc7chicago.com/daca-recipients-police-officer-blue-island/12935191/
Notes: The article refers to the officer profiled in this story: DACA recipient on way to achieving dream of becoming Blue Island police officer Accessed 2-27-2023. https://abc7chicago.com/daca-news-blue-island-il-police-department-officer/12890188/
Officer successfully revive unresponsive driver who struck light pole, tree in Libertyville [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/03/09/officer-successfully-revive-unresponsive-driver-who-struck-light-pole-tree-in-libertyville/ .
Oswego Police Department offering free steering wheel locks for Hyundai owners [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.shawlocal.com/kendall-county-now/2023/03/12/oswego-police-department-offering-free-steering-wheel-locks-for-hyundai-owners/ .
Notes: So is Homewood: https://www.hfchronicle.com/2023/03/07/homewood-police-offer-free-steering-locks-to-help-prevent-theft-of-kia-hyundai-vehicles/
Peoria police department recruiting women during Women’s History Month [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/peoria-police-department-recruiting-women-during-womens-history-month/
Police officer recognized for saving life of baby who stopped breathing in Algonquin [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/01/21/police-officer-recognized-for-saving-life-of-baby-who-stopped-breathing-in-algonquin/
Rockford BBB: These Are The Current Riskiest Scams In Illinois [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: http://1440wrok.com/rockford-bbb-these-are-the-current-riskiest-scams-in-illinois/
Schoonover: Bill before Illinois lawmakers aims to define, protect against ‘doxing’ [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.wmay.com/2023/03/09/schoonover-bill-before-illinois-lawmakers-aims-to-define-protect-against-doxing/
Services and officer training improved for Oswego Police Department [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.wspynews.com/news/local/services-and-officer-training-improved-for-oswego-police-department/article_d920dae6-bdb0-11ed-8023-5b83d53a859f.html .
Susana Mendoza urges legislators to mandate full pension benefits for Illiniois cops, firefighters who survive COVID-19 [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2023/3/9/23632395/susana-mendoza-joaquin-lori-lightfoot-chicago-police-department-pension-board-covid-covid19
Via American Police Beat. Chicago police cook with children to build community relationships [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://apbweb.com/2023/03/chicago-police-cook-with-children-to-build-community-relationships/
Via the SCCJA Trending Topics, and Police1. Ill. officers spend days training on ground-control tactics, combining wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu movements [The article originated in the Pantagraph, in the Normal area. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.police1.com/police-training/articles/ill-officers-spend-days-training-on-ground-control-tactics-combining-wrestling-and-jiu-jitsu-movements-Oj096WzC5k8ujohw/
Volkswagen offers tracking service for free after refusing to provide Lake County deputies with location of carjacked vehicle with child inside [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.lakemchenryscanner.com/2023/03/09/volkswagen-offers-tracking-service-for-free-after-refusing-to-provide-lake-county-deputies-with-location-of-carjacked-vehicle-with-child-inside/ .
Podcasts and Professional Development
Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Issues Statement on the FBI’s Supplemental 2021 Hate Crime Statistics [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/associate-attorney-general-vanita-gupta-issues-statement-fbi-s-supplemental-2021-hate-crime
Notes: FBI announcement of the supplement’s release: https://www.fbi.gov/news/press-releases/fbi-releases-supplemental-2021-hate-crime-statistics
Calibre Press Webinar. Tyre Nichols: The Inevitability of a Flawed Philosophy? An Analysis of Policy & Offering of Finite Solutions — March 16, 2023 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (CST) [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://secure.calibrepress.com/events/tyre-nichols-the-inevitability-of-a-flawed-philosophy-an-analysis-of-policy-offering-of-finite-solutions/
Community Policing Development (Cpd) Microgrants Program [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://cops.usdoj.gov/cpdmicrogrants
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Online — March 2023 [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://leb.fbi.gov/.
Notes: The lead article is “Intertwining Ethics and Confidence to Regain and Sustain Trust : By leading with ethical, principle-led policing, agencies can cultivate the public’s trust and confidence.” The Focus on Officer Wellness topic is: “Importance of Sleep to Overall Health Focus on Officer Wellness : Law enforcement leaders must understand the significance of this vital component of wellness and address deficiencies within their ranks.”
AELE Seminar [Just FYI]. Public Safety Disability Specialist(tm) Seminar : WHEN: June 12-14, 2023 : Las Vegas, NV. [Thanks to George Graves for pointing this out. I’m not sure if this one has a remote attendance plan, but at least you know the seminar exists. SLC]
[Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://aele.org/public-safety-disability-specialist.html .
From the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Watch Now: Learn more about the National Crime Victimization Survey [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgdUIL_72H413IVMp4EDbR0qG6fWMZPBN .
From the National Institute of Justice. Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Needs for Law Enforcement [Just FYI. Considering the recent failure of the Silicon Valley Bank, which, I gather, partly resulted from cryptocurrency investments, this RAND report might be timely. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA108-17.html .
Jaded with education, more Americans are skipping college =Not specifically law enforcement-related, but might become important for officer recruitment. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://herald-review.com/news/national/jaded-with-education-more-americans-are-skipping-college/article_e3255311-4a4b-5999-9b93-0d43f9524f1c.html .
A List Of The Best LEO/Veteran/1st Responder Friendly Podcasts Out There [From Law Enforcement Today. See what you think. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/list-of-the-best-leo-veteran-1st-responder-friendly-podcasts/ .
On the Art of Manliness Podcast. Why Homer Matters [The guest argues that the Iliad is a story of civilization vs honor-driven gangster barbarity, and that describe a pre-Greek culture. Yet, those conditions still exist, and shows the possibility of reconciliation. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://the-art-of-manliness.simplecast.com/episodes/why-homer-matters-H_q_faZr .
On the Badge Boys Podcast. Lt. Marrache shares his experiences exonerating good cops and holding bad cops accountable in LA [How the guest got into Internal Affairs is interesting. His process for investigating officer-involved shootings might be good to know about. His recommendation for officers to avoid IA problems is to get as much training as possible. SLC.] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://starworldwidenetworks.com/episodes/lt-marrache-shares-his-experiences-exonerating-good-cops-and-holding-bad-cops-accountable-in-la .
On the Disaster Podcast. Preparedness by Design for Any Disaster with Patrick Hardy [The discussion focuses on family and business plans for situations that disrupt normal flow of life or business. Sounds like a great concept! The story about the first graders and the Class Disaster Plan is grand! SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://disasterpodcast.com/2023/03/preparedness-by-design-for-any-disaster-with-patrick-hardy/
Notes: The book — Hardy Patrick. Design Any Disaster : The Revolutionary Blueprint to Master Your Next Crisis or Emergency. BenBella Books 2023. — is available at these libraries: https://worldcat.org/en/title/1331704961 (And if you would like to buy it, there are links to booksellers on the upper right side of the page. SLC]
On the First Things Podcast. Good Cops [“Neil Gross joins the podcast to discuss his book Walk the Walk: How Three Police Chiefs Defied the Odds and Changed Cop Culture.: The author was a police officer in his youth, but wen on to become an academic. In the book, he analyzes three police departments in which the chiefs were able to change police culture. I didn’t appreciate the author’s attitude, but at the very end, he made an observation that helped explain it. He remarked that the police and the community need to talk about what justice looks like; I sense that the author’s view of justice includes social fairness, not just of civil law-breaking. Anyway, you’ll know more than you did.. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2023/03/good-cops .
Notes: The book [Gross Neil. Walk the Walk How Three Police Departments Defied the Odds and Changed Police Culture. Metropolitan Henry Holt 2023.] is available at these libraries: https://worldcat.org/en/title/1309065544 Incidentally, if you should ever want to buy a copy of a book for which I’ve posted a WorldCat link, there is a “buy” option listed on the right side of the page. Just FYI.
On the Law Enforcement Today Podcast. Are Police Officers Sheepdogs? Differences and Understanding Their Roles And What They Do. [John Wiley talks about an editorial he wrote abut why the term “sheepdog” for law enforcement officers bothers him. His experience with herding dogs is his main objection; but he broadens his observations to include the need to take care of abandoned and abused dogs. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://omny.fm/shows/law-enforcement-today/are-police-officers-sheepdogs-differences-and-unde .
On the Law Enforcement Today Podcast. Australian Police Shot Twice, Including The Face and His Partners Were Also Shot Many Times in An Ambush. He Tells The Horrifying Story. [The retired officer speaks to groups about his experience, and has the audio from the ambush on his website. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://podcast.ilet.network/show/law-enforcement-today-podcast/australian-police-shot-twice-including-the-face-and-his-partners-were-also-shot-many-times-in-an-ambush-he-tells-the-horrifying-story/
On the Law Enforcement Today Podcast. Rogue Police, Who Is Accountable and Responsible, are Police Chiefs and Mayors? Where Does The Buck Stop? [The guest, Jeffrey Halstead, who is a retired Fort Worth police chief, starts the interview with a story from his youth about how he was roughed up by a Florida officer because he had long hair and a nice car. He attributes some chiefs’ failure to respond to rogue officers to filtered briefings (middle managers don’t tell them all the facts about an incident). The discussion of inappropriate forms of officer discipline is thought-provoking. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://omny.fm/shows/law-enforcement-today/rogue-police-who-is-accountable-and-responsible-ar .
On the Policing Matters Podcast. Implementing a program to reduce and manage police officer injuries [The guests, from Wausau, WI, talk about a strength, conditioning, wellness, and mental health program they described at the 2022 IACP conference.. The savings to personnel costs that the physical training company’s involvement has been able to arrange, according to the guests, more than pays for the company’s services.. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://policingmatters.podbean.com/e/implementing-a-program-to-reduce-and-manage-police-officer-injuries/ .
Via the SCCJA Trending Topics, and Lexipol. Lexipol Partners with Axon to Develop Policy for the New TASER 10 [Just FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.lexipol.com/resources/blog/lexipol-partners-with-axon-to-develop-policy-for-the-new-taser-10/ .
Via the SCCJA Trending Topics and the Police Forum. Critical Issues in Policing Series: Women in Police Leadership: 10 Action Items for Advancing Women and Strengthening Policing [FYI. SLC] [Web Page]. Accessed 3-13-2023. Available at: https://www.policeforum.org/assets/WomenPoliceLeadership.pdf .